Metter Three-Peats as WCC Defensive Player of Year, Trio Named All-WCC
Senior Betsi Metter earned her third consecutive WCC Defensive Player of the Year selection, while Metter, Kathleen Luft and Litara Keil all earned All-WCC selections.
Nov. 26, 2013
Senior Betsi Metter managed to three-peat as the WCC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, earning the selection for the third consecutive year to cap what has been a storied career for the native of Phoenix, Ariz. Senior Kathleen Luft and junior Litara Keil also claimed consecutive awards, with Luft earning a spot on the All-WCC first team for the second straight year. Keil joins Metter on the honorable mention team once again in 2013, as Metter has now been named to the squad three times.
Metter finishes her career as LMU's all-time leader in digs and aces, amassing 1,802 digs and 170 aces over a four-year career. The digs mark is good for fourth in WCC history, while the aces rank fifth. Her .39 aces per set rank second only to Lori Rodman (.45 from 1984-87) in the LMU record book, while her 4.10 digs per set are second only to Kerry House (4.89 from 1989-90). Metter's 0.52 aces per set in 2013 rank second in the single-season record book and eighth in the nation this year, while her WCC-best 54 aces rank third overall in LMU history. Defensively, she averaged a WCC-high 4.74 digs per set in 2013 (493 total digs), good for 64th in the nation this year. In Conference play alone, she tallied 320 digs and added 27 service aces to lead the WCC in that category.
Luft concluded a stellar two-year career at LMU this season, leading the team with 387 kills at a rate of 3.95 per set - good for second in the WCC this year. For her career, she posted 861 kills at a rate of 4.06 per set - good for third in the LMU record book.
Keil finished second only to Luft in kills for the Lions this season, managing 354 at a rate of 3.50 per set while hitting .278. Her kills per set mark was good enough for eighth in the WCC this season. The native of Long Beach, Calif. also averaged 0.76 blocks per set (77 total blocks) in 2013, collecting four block solos and a team-high 73 block assists.
For the eighth time in West Coast Conference history, the University of San Diego Toreros claimed the WCC regular season title. The Toreros also shared the most spots on the All-WCC First Team with Saint Mary's College as three players from each team earned all-conference honors.
San Diego's Chloe Ferrari was voted the 2013 WCC Player of the Year while San Diego Head Coach Jennifer Petrie was named 2013 WCC Coach of the Year. Conference runner-up BYU's Whitney Young was voted the WCC Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the Conference head coaches.
Ferrari's WCC Player of the Year selection is the ninth time that a San Diego player has been awarded the Conference's top honor. After suffering a season-ending injury late in the 2012 season, the senior middle hitter came back strong to tally 299 kills with an impressive Conference-leading .435 hitting percentage, as well as 91 blocks and 79 digs.
Freshman of the Year Young, a 6'0 middle blocker for the Cougars, led the WCC in blocks with an average of 1.55 per set (90 overall) in Conference matches. Thanks in large part to Young's immediate impact on BYU's defensive line, BYU topped the charts in blocks this season and placed second in opponent hitting percentage (.189 OH %).
Three-time Coach of the Year Petrie led San Diego to a 2013 Conference title after sharing the regular season title last year with BYU. San Diego won its last 15 matches of the regular season and looks to continue the momentum in the postseason, as the Toreros will represent the WCC in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. The Toreros and other top WCC teams await their fate as tournament selections will be announced on Monday, December 2 at 6:30 PM PT on ESPNU.
2013 WCC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chloe Ferrari, University of San Diego, SR, MH
2013 WCC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Betsi Metter, LMU, SR, L
2013 WCC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Whitney Young, BYU, MB
2013 WCC COACH OF THE YEAR: Jennifer Petrie, University of San Diego
2013 ALL-WCC FIRST TEAM
Savannah Blinn, Gonzaga University, SO, OH
Alaysia Brown, University of San Diego, JR, OPP
Samantha Cash, Pepperdine University, JR, MB
Dalas Dodd, Saint Mary's College, SO, S
Chloe Ferrari, University of San Diego, SR, MH
Kristina Graven, Saint Mary's College, SR, OH
Alexa Gray, BYU, SO, OH
Katie Hoekman, University of San Diego, SR, MH
Kathryn LeCheminant, BYU, SR, MB
Kathleen Luft, LMU, SR, OH
Jordan Shaw, Saint Mary's College, SR, OH
Valentina Zaloznik, University of San Francisco, JR, MB
2013 ALL-WCC HONORABLE MENTION
Haley Cameron (SCU), Tambre Haddock (BYU), Gillian Howard (PAC), Madelyn Hutson (SMC), Litara Keil (LMU), Rebecca Kopilovitch (USF), Katie Messing (PEP), Betsi Metter (LMU), Taylor Milton (SCU), C'era Oliviera (USD), Ciara Parker (BYU), Kat Schultz (PAC), Becca Strehlow (PEP), Malina Terrell (USF), Autumn Wedan (POR)
2013 ALL-WCC FRESHMAN TEAM
Jillian Bergeson, Pepperdine University, L
Sabrina Clayton, Santa Clara University, OH
Lexi Elman, University of the Pacific, L
Nicole Hess, Santa Clara University, OH
Hunter Jennings, University of San Diego, DS
Makayla Lindburg, University of Portland, OH
Kiara McKibben, University of San Francisco, S
Lyndsay Palmer, Gonzaga University, S
Katarina Pilepic, University of San Francisco, OPP
Inbar Vinarsky, University of San Francisco, MB
Imani Wimbush, Gonzaga University, MB
Whitney Young, BYU, MB
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